Museo Nacional de Antropología

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Museo Nacional de Antropología Mexico City Reviews

andrejav andrejav
751 reviews
Incredible Jun 03, 2012
Incredible museum with Mexico's major civilizations well represented, and also a bit of other major world cultures. As soon as you enter the courtyard, giant “umbrella” overpowers your senses. There is water curtain coming around the single carved column, and I had to go under no matter the water … Bottom floor is reserved for archeology while on the second floor there is mix of areas history, way of life, work and play. Outside of the museum there are replicas of different temples, stella and thumbs from all around the Mexico. Super nice museum, definitely must see even if you are in DF for only one day!
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montecarlostar montecar…
326 reviews
Mexico's most important museum Jun 30, 2011
The National Museum of Anthropology is so important for Mexican history that it could be nicknamed "the Mexican Louvre". Over here you will find hundreds of pieces from every single precolumbian culture that inhabited the Mexican territory, mayans, aztecs, olmecs, toltecs and many more.

I classified it as "free" because there is no entry fee on Sundays. You can also get in for free any day of the week if you are a mexican student or professor.

Very famous items like the aztec sun stone, the mayan chac mool, a very impressive section of the teotihuacan serpent temple and one of the atlantes of Tula can be found here. It is like a dream for archeologists.

The upper levels of the museum are dedicated to modern indigenous cultures in Mexico and their traditions. I think it is very interesting to see the drastic change from human sacrifice and cannibalism towards the devote christian traditions of modern indigenous people. You can see a whole nation taking shape under the hard work of the missionaries to form one single, yet heterogeneous block called Mexico.

Souvenirs at the museum are quite expensive, so we didn't buy any. There are also some cool outdoors walking sections, but unfortunately we couldn't see them because of the rain.
Entry gate
A part of the Teotihuacan serpent …
Toltec atlante
The infamous aztec sun stone
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montecarlostar says:
I know! It is very impressive! It was one of the few tourist spots I had yet to visit in Mexico City, so I didn't let this chance go. I agree, it's an absolute must! :D
Posted on: Jul 03, 2011
sarahsan says:
I have been to this museum many times. It´s fantastic. Of all the museums I have seen around the world, this is definitely among the best. It´s a must see if you´re in Mexico City! Thanks for sharing Carlos
Posted on: Jul 03, 2011
pilgrim68 pilgrim68
61 reviews
Stunning Museum Apr 03, 2005
The National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) in Mexico City contains the world's largest collection of ancient Mexican art and also has ethnographic exhibits about Mexico's present-day indigenous groups. There is a hall dedicated to each of the cultural regions of Mesoamerica and the ethnological exhibits are located on the second floor. You could easily spend a full day, but you should at least dedicate a few hours to exploring this museum.

The highlights of the museum are The Sun Stone or Aztec Calendar.The Recreation of Pakal's tomb in Maya exhibit room

and the Jade mask of the Zapotec Bat God in Oaxaca exhibit room.

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